Massage therapy is an 11-month certificate program to prepare students for entry level careers in the growing field of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and, upon successful passage of the exam, be eligible for a Tennessee Massage Therapy License.
The focus of this program will be Swedish Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy with an overview of the many other modalities practiced by Licensed Massage Therapists. More than 100 different approaches to therapeutic manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and circulatory structures are available in the market. Most require advanced training beyond the scope of this certificate program.
Massage therapists practice in a wide variety of settings: health clubs and wellness centers; chiropractic and physical therapy offices; hotels, resorts and cruise lines; health food stores and sports outfitters; pain management and sports injury clinics; psychological and psychiatric clinics; and private homes and offices. Some work under the supervision of other licensed health care providers. Some are in business for themselves as private contractors. Many work part-time. Many work exclusively from their home offices.
All Massage Therapy courses are taught at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus. Enrollment is limited.
Note: Scores are considered valid for 3 years or program director approval
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents.
Program Application Deadline
June 15. Late applicants may be considered on a space-available basis.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Massage Therapy Program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Massage Therapy Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Massage Therapy Program.
Students’ grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the Program Director. A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from the program:
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.
A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at any time during the semester.
A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:
|1st Fall||Hours||Term Taken||Grade|
|MASS||1401||Fundamentals of Muscle Anatomy||4|
|MASS||1301||TN Massage Law & Practice Ethics||3|
|MASS||1303||Massage for Special Populations||3|
|Oct||Meet with Faculty Advisor and complete Intent to Graduate|
|Nov||Register for next term|
|MASS||1601||Principles of Physiology and Pathology||6|
|MASS||1201||Massage Business, Professionalism, and Communication||2|
|MASS||1101||Student Massage Clinic||1|
|MASS||1402||Medical Massage Therapies||4|
|Mar||Complete Ceremony Participation Form|
|MASS||1304||Overview of Somatic Therapies||3|
|June||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit|
|TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS||30|
Students pursuing this certificate will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division. Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Massage Therapy should contact their advisor.
A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement. contact your advisor for the requirement of your program.